Audio Recording "As a kid I always wanted to be a cop."

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"As a kid I always wanted to be a cop."
Contributor Names
Garcia, Felix (Narrator)
Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)
Created / Published
Subject Headings
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Hours of labor
-  Law enforcement
-  21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
-  Interview with Felix Garcia.
-  Summary of audio segment: Remembers going shopping with his mother, and in those days downtown stores were open late at night. And used to love Friday nights. Mother came home around 5 or 5:30, they ate, and then would go shopping. And there was a cop who always had the same corner. He was there when FG grew up to be a teenager and a man, the cop was still at the corner, at Main and Van Houten streets. And he was a traffic cop,and when he saw them coming he'd stop the traffic and let them cross, and he'd stand on the corner and talk to the people. And FG would go to him, and he's let him blow his whistle, play with his badge, things like that. So FG knew when he grew up he would want to be a cop. And he struggled and survived because he didn't have a lot that others had, and had to work. Knew he had to be a survivor and be something, chose law enforcement to provide better for his kids. His little boy is only 10, and has worn sneakers that cost $85. To FG that's, that makes him feel proud and happy that he can do things for his kids, and can do things for other people.
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-A018
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
American Folklife Center
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Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Garcia, Felix, and Thomas D Carroll. "As a kid I always wanted to be a cop.". -09-06, 1994. Audio.

APA citation style:

Garcia, F. & Carroll, T. D. (1994) "As a kid I always wanted to be a cop.". -09-06. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Garcia, Felix, and Thomas D Carroll. "As a kid I always wanted to be a cop.". -09-06, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.